The Case for Copyright Exceptions and Fair Use

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

For on January 17, 1984, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that consumers could tape their favorite TV shows and watch them later without the copyright holder’s consent. It also underscores just how critical a balanced copyright law is for technology innovation.

Watch Your Content: Protecting Your Website Against Copyright Infringement

Byte Technology

So it’s little surprise that the massive proliferation of online resources has spawned a major problem: protecting website content from copyright infringement in the form of plagiarism or outright theft. Learn more about Byte Technology’s strategic web consulting for nonprofits.

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Upholding The Social Bargain: Bookshare and Copyright Compliance

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copyright law. The Section 121 copyright exception (often known as the Chafee Amendment after the Senator who introduced it in 1996) makes it possible for Benetech to scan just about any book and make it available to this community. The publishing industry and disability organizations both agreed on this provision of copyright law. The copyright exception is designed to help only "blind or other people with disabilities."

Reply Comments on the Proposed Treaty for Access to Copyrighted Works

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We filed the following comments to the Copyright Office's request for comments on issues about access for people with print disabilities. December 4, 2009 Benetech’s Reply Comments in response to the Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry and Request for Comments on the Topic of Facilitating Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind or Other Persons With Disabilities The issue all comes down to human rights vs. money.

Free Report on Nonprofits and Copyright

Tech Soup Blog

Technology in the Arts recently released an excellent report on copyright law. PICT was in an uncomfortable middle ground: the company used union artists and performed copyrighted works, but lacked the Met's clout.

The Great YouTube Copyright Debate

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

On the serious side, I wish there were some clear guidelines about what exactly is fair use in the nonprofit space. Note, however, that if you reprint a work and if the copyright is called into question, the burden will fall on you to prove that you "believed and had reasonable grounds for believing that [your] use of the copyrighted work was a fair use," according to the U.S. Copyright Office. The nature of the copyrighted work.

Tribute to My Mentor

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

When I explained that our board just didn’t see manufacturing reading machines for the blind making financial sense for a for-profit company, Gerry said “How about you set up a deliberately nonprofit tech company?” I laughed, because at the time Calera was an accidentally nonprofit tech company: it was organized as a for-profit but was still losing (a lot of) money. Benetech Bookshare copyright Georgetown Gerry Davis socent

Copyright Doesn’t Have to be All or Nothing: Intellectual Property Rights and Creative Commons

Beaconfire Wire

Copyright, according to the US government is: a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. EMI, holder of copyright to the White Album, went ballistic.

What is in the Treaty of Marrakesh?

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

First, it makes creating a national domestic copyright exception an obligation of countries that ratify the Treaty. Second, the Treaty allows for easier import and export of accessible versions of books and other copyrighted works. It’s a nonprofit or government agency that makes accessible copies of Works, and limits distribution of those copies to people with bona fide disabilities, the “Beneficiary Persons,” defined in the next article.

Fair Use Victory Advances a Future of Accessibility for All

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

HathiTrust, a unanimous three-judge panel concluded that digitizing books in order to enhance research and provide access to individuals with print disabilities is lawful on the grounds of fair use —that is, a limitation and exception to the exclusive rights granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work ( Section 107 of the U.S. copyright law). In September 2011, the Authors Guild sued the HathiTrust, alleging massive copyright violations.

Why Your Country Should Ratify the Marrakesh Treaty

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This historic international copyright exception treaty paves the way for a future in which people who cannot read regular printed materials can have equal access to books, regardless of where they live.

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Commercial Availability: The Poison Pill for Marrakesh Treaty Implementation

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That’s the lobbying position of some companies in the intellectual property field when implementing the new Marrakesh Copyright Treaty. In this post, I hope to convincingly make the case why countries ratifying the Marrakesh Treaty should implement copyright exceptions for people with disabilities which do not have these self-clearing provisions, technically called “commercial availability limitations.” copyright exception, which was one of the inspirations for the Marrakesh Treaty.

Benetech's Statement to the Treaty Delegates in Marrakech

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Benetech, my nonprofit organization operates Bookshare, the largest online library dedicated to serving blind and print disabled people. Our library is made possible both by a domestic copyright exception that makes it possible for us to add any book requested by a blind person to our library, as well as strong cooperation with publishers who provide many of their books directly to our library for free, including the rights to serve people in certain other countries.

Receiving the 2013 Migel Medal

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I remember the day I told my wife, Virginia, that I’d do this “nonprofit thing” for just one year and then go back to regular for-profit high tech companies. That treaty should replicate the successful copyright exception here in the U.S. The support and inspiration I found here in the vision field made today’s Benetech possible: our nonprofit organization that now works in other fields as well, fields like human rights, the environment and volunteerism.

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Our WIPO Statement on the Treaty for Access for People with Disabilities

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Statement of Benetech to the 22nd Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at the World Intellectual Property Organization June 15, 2011, Geneva, Switzerland • Greetings from California’s Silicon Valley! Now, more than 30,000 current copyrighted books are available globally on Bookshare to thousands of users. • SCCR22 publishers blind copyright copyfight SCCR Authors Guild limitations Bookshare WIPO exceptions

Breakthrough on Global Access at WIPO in Geneva!

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There has been a major breakthrough recently on international copyright negotiations in Geneva around improved access for people who have print disabilities. Answer : • Countries should provide for a copyright exception in their national laws to allow nonprofit organizations serving people with disabilities to make accessible versions of inaccessible books and other content • Import and export of such accessible materials shall be permitted 2.

Great reads from around the web on October 18th

Amy Sample Ward

And where you stand on the discussion of copyright, digital rights, online content sharing and intellectual property? " – I am so happy to see this scholarship and hope that it ensures more nonprofits are on stage, in the hallway, and part of the vibrant conversations that SXSW is so known for! I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 4b: Wireframes

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the ninth in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Footer links, content and copyright information. See the end of this post for a linked index of other posts in the series. Purposes.

Bookshare’s Status as an Authorized Entity under Section 121

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Section 121 of the Copyright Act, also known as the Chafee Amendment (17 U.S.C. Together, these facts should be helpful for educational institutions and their legal counsel in permitting institutions to avail themselves of the services funded by the Department of Education, and to be comfortable with the legality of those services under copyright law. Tags: copyright blind Bookshare Chafee Section 121) , defines a special class of organizations known as authorized entities.

Share, Use, Remix: An Overview of Creative Commons


Copyright laws can be confusing and so mired in legalese that they're almost incomprehensible. Creative Commons has tried to make copyright law easier to understand and allow content creators to share what they've created, and to allow other people to use the content they've created for their own purposes. Plus, it lays out the set of circumstances where nonprofits may use content that is licensed under one of the Creative Commons Non-Commercial licenses.

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Bring a Question: Creative Commons Hosts TechSoup Social Channels on September 17, 2014

Tech Soup Blog

If you want to give nonprofits and other noncommercial ventures permission to republish your story, but don't want to allow a company to sell it for profit, there's a license for that. How can we use memes while still respecting copyright and making sure content creators get appropriate credit? What counts as a "commercial" versus a "noncommercial" use for nonprofits, libraries, and educational institutions? copyright Creative Commons storymakers

Economically, open looks better than closed

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Economically, open looks better than closed September 13, 2007 An interesting study was released yesterday by an organization called the Computer and Communications Industry Association (with heavyweight members like Google and Microsoft) which shows that fair use exceptions to copyright generate more economic benefit than copyrights themselves.

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Speaking of open social networks …

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Speaking of open social networks … August 14, 2008 I just joined is a microblogging service based on an open source project, Laconica , and all of the updates are copyrighted by a Creative Commons (Attribution) license.

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Starting a Nonprofit: The Importance of Developing a Business Plan

NonProfit Hub

Many nonprofits start out on a wing and a prayer but without a legit business plan. It includes your nonprofit’s mission, values, strengths and assets, plus a list of products, services or programs you offer. Describe how your nonprofit is organized, from board to staff members.

Live Streaming Video for Nonprofits


Nonprofits can also take advantage of the benefits of live streaming. What Platforms Make Sense for Nonprofits? Here’s a list of the platforms that nonprofits are likely to find useful: YouTube Live Events.

Seven Critical Qualities Of A Networked Nonprofit

John Haydon

By now you’ve probably heard that Allison Fine and Beth Kanter have co-authored a book called “The Networked Nonprofit&#. Last week at 10NTC , they signed printed copies of the first chapter, “Introducing Networked Nonprofits&#.

What to Do When Technology Isn’t Your Problem

Robert Weiner

Copyright P. If you technology decisions at your organization are driven by some of the following, we’d love to see you at NTEN''s Nonprofit Technology Conference (aka the NTC): We chose the system because we have a volunteer who knows it. Mueller [link].

Read the Fine Print: Who Actually Owns Your Website?

Byte Technology

Sometimes, with custom site designs that aren’t pulled from existing templates, the designer has the right to copyright said design, which means you may be unable to take it to another designer should you choose and would have to start over from scratch if you decided to make a move. • - A Nonprofit Blog Powered by Blackbaud Employees

AFP Blog - A Nonprofit Blog Powered by Blackbaud Employees: "t’s February 1st - have you updated your Web site’s copyright date yet?If Data was needed, so yesterday I checked out the top 100 nonprofits. If you haven’t, you’re not alone. Forgetting to update is commonplace, and I see it all the time. What I found was shocking.I expected a few would have forgotten, but not 34%. I even saw a few

Nonprofit Technology News: 2013 Year in Review

Tech Soup Blog

The big nonprofit tech trends this past year seemed to be in the areas of the emergence of mobile devices, social media stratification, the launch of Office 365 for Nonprofits, some huge digital inclusion initiatives, and lots of other things. Office 365 for Nonprofits.

ASU Lodestar Center Blog: How to Start a Nonprofit Organization.

ASU Lodestar Center

Disclaimer Wednesday, June 1, 2011 How to Start a Nonprofit Organization: Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Make the Leap posted by Robert Duea , Professional in Residence ASU Lodestar Center and Pat Lewis , Senior Professional in Residence ASU Lodestar Center So, youre thinking about starting a nonprofit organization. Is starting a nonprofit the right path for you? Before you begin your nonprofit journey, you should ask yourself two very important questions.

ASU Lodestar Center Blog: Fear not, nonprofit professionals!

ASU Lodestar Center

Disclaimer Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Fear not, nonprofit professionals! posted by Aaron Stiner , Senior Program Manager, Paths of HOPE, Catholic Charities I am at one of the most intense, rewarding, and sometimes frightening times in my nonprofit career. But fear not, nonprofit professionals! Good luck as you face the challenges of serving as a nonprofit professional! If you have your own tips for nonprofit success, please share in the comments section below.

Pod Spruce with Podsafe Music | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

will keep you on the safe side of copyright law internationally. ??Pod Beaconfire Survey: Favorite YouTube videos privacy policy | sitemap copyright 2009, beaconfire consulting

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111 Low-Cost or Free OnlineTools for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The number of low-cost or free online resources and tools available to nonprofits today is astounding. That said, to be alerted of new low-cost or free resources and tools available for nonprofits, please subscribe to the Nonprofit Tech for Good 2.0

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Bringing Millions of Books to Billions of People: Making the Book Truly Accessible

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I believe it is a combination of copyright exceptions and business model innovations. For the content of books, this flexibility is expressed in ideas like public domain, when the copyright owned by the author or publisher ends at some point.

It’s 2013: Where’s your nonprofit’s social media policy?

ASU Lodestar Center

Should you change your nonprofit’s Facebook profile image to show support of a hot political issue? Every nonprofit’s policy is going to be different, because every nonprofit has different needs, different audiences, different missions, and different campaign goals.

12NTC: Nonprofits and the Future of Internet Rights

Tech Soup Blog

As a presumably law-abiding nonprofit, you might've wondered how much SOPA could've really endangered your mission. And if it was indeed a danger, how can you as a nonprofit play a larger role in defending digital rights in the future?

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » ABC Talks Nonprofit Tech

See What's Out There

Unfortunately, Katrin neglected to mention DoGooderTV, but we know that next time she will give DoGooderTV, which hosted the NTEN – See3 Nonprofit Video Contest , a big plug. Recent Posts 5 Questions to Evaluate Your Nonprofit Video ROI Enter the 2010 Tagline Awards Today!

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Adobe Creative Cloud Giveaway for Nonprofits at 17NTC!

Tech Soup Blog

We have a special contest give-away in store at this year's Nonprofit Technology Conference: a free year-long subscription of Adobe Creative Cloud. Eligible Sweepstakes posts must made by Nonprofit Technology Conference ("17 NTC") attendees in Washington, DC.

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Will Robots (and bots) Replace Nonprofit Staff and Interns in the Workplace?

Beth Kanter

Allison Fine and I have been collaborating on research and writing about the next wave of disruptive technologies (AI, Bots, and Robots) and what it means for the nonprofit sector. Robot lawyers probably won’t dispute the finer points of copyright law or write elegant legal briefs just yet.

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » Second Annual DoGooderTV Nonprofit Video Awards

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You can see more great nonprofit videos at DoGooderTV. Share and Enjoy: 2 Comments comment Second Annual DoGooderTV Nonprofit Video Awards… Die empfohlenen Politiken tragen notwendig zur Verschärfung großräumiger, kleinräumiger und sozialer Ungleichheit bei.

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Microsoft to Issue Blanket License to NGOs - PCWorld Business Center

AFP Blog

Microsoft to Issue Blanket License to NGOs - PCWorld Business Center: "Microsoft will issue a blanket software license to nonprofit groups and journalist groups outside the U.S. after the New York Times reported that Russian police have used software copyright raids to seize computers of activist groups

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » The 2nd Annual DoGooderTV Nonprofit Video Awards

See What's Out There

Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to submit their videos to the contest, hosted on DoGooderTV , the video sharing platform for nonprofits. The grand prize winner will be announced at NTEN’s annual Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) in New Orleans on March 21.

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